You are here:

Powering Opportunities Partnership - Call for Expression of Interest for Productive Energy Use action research projects in sub-Saharan Africa


The first call for proposals under the Transforming Energy Access Powering Opportunities Partnership is now open. The competition is looking to provide grant support to action research projects and partnerships that can create and drive productive electricity demand in off-grid and rural areas in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Powering Opportunities Partnerships (POP) is component of the UK Department for International Development (DFID)’s wider Transforming Energy Access Programme. POP aims to demonstrate how the off-grid energy sector can stimulate local jobs and create local economic value in the region.

Projects may apply for grants of up to £300,000 (maximum), smaller grant requests are also welcome. Eligibility is for projects that will be implemented anywhere in sub-Saharan Africa except for South Africa.


  • An agribusiness with rural supply chains that could benefit from electricity to increase productivity; 
  • Health clinics that are seeking better ways to store medications, vaccines and blood; 
  • E-mobility solutions that are trying to replace petrol and diesel with electric driven transport;
  • Affordable internet access and low cost computers that can deliver on and off-line educational content for off-grid schools and training institutes
  • Solar mini-grid companies trying to look for productive ways to utilise power generated and to increase economic viability; 
  • Or any other innovative productive energy solutions suitable for sub-Saharan Africa.

The window of opportunity to express your interest is currently open and runs until 28th February 2019.

Please visit  the Carbon Trust website to register your interest to apply and to download the application documents and templates.

Dates for webinars, at which the application process will be explained, are posted on the Carbon Trust website. All registrants will receive details of the webinars and the chance to sign up by email.